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Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of people gathered under a brilliant blue sky on Saturday to join in nationwide Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Participants expressed themselves with a caravan of decorated cars and trucks. Other organizers also offered a food drive for the needy.

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In the past seven months, San Antonio has experienced losses of both life and economic stability due to COVID-19; employment, housing and food insecurities; and a racial reckoning that culminated in weeks of protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

From Texas Standard:

Student athletes at the University of Texas at Austin are asking the university to change some of its practices and traditions in the wake of national protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

From Texas Standard:

Law enforcement officers have been out in force at nationwide protests denouncing police brutality against black Americans. At some events, law enforcement included local officers, National Guard troops and, in some cases, Border Patrol officers. In Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd ignited the recent wave of protests, U.S. Customs and Border Protection even flew drones to monitor the protests.

Two men look on at protestors in San Antonio on May 30.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

In times of civil unrest or social upheaval, protests seek to raise awareness for a message or cause in solidarity with others. Crowds of people seeking to alter the status quo march in close proximity, often chanting, shouting and singing -- none of which are conducive to mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

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The current focus on civil rights and justice for black Americans is reminiscent of the 1960s when African Americans spoke out, protested racism and worked to make change. 

Some members of the National Guard are facing consequences because they refused orders to deploy to major cities during this month's protests.

Young Leaders Tell Us Why They Organize Protests

Jun 9, 2020

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The death of George Floyd, which occurred after a white Minneapolis police officer pushed his knee into Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, has served as a catalyst for protests in a country overcome by the inequitable and unjust treatment of African Americans and people of color.

Protesters march downtown, starting south of Hemisfair at Blue Star Arts Complex and ending up at the foot of the Tower of the Americas.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

More than a week after the death of George Floyd, who was killed at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, San Antonians are still protesting his wrongful death. And Monday, they took to the streets of Southtown.

Protesters march from the San Antonio Police Department headquarters to the Bexar County courthouse on June 6, 2020.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

Read this story in English here.

El Alcalde de San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg, puso fin al toque de queda en el centro el sábado por la tarde después de muchas noches de protestas por la muerte de George Floyd.

El alcalde levantó el toque de queda por recomendaciones del administrador de la ciudad y el departamento de policía.